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Ravens Draft Formula


There is a formula to the Ravens draft success and they won’t stray from it this year.  Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta continue to excel in the draft with a great formula.  ‘Best Player Available’ philosophy has been key in the organization’s draft success.

There are a few important elements to the Ravens Draft Formula (Best Player Available):

  • They don’t overreach for a pick

Although the team may have a need to fill, the player that ranks on their board as the highest rated will be selected. The Ravens brass won’t select a player in the first round who is second round (talent) value–they don’t reach for a pick.

  • Allowing talent to slide down the board

The Ravens are one of the better teams at letting hype (positive or negative) help their cause. Each year we witness players who should go earlier in the draft yet are passed over for another prospect who had a better Combine or received more media attention.  Part of the draft is a PR campaign for some players, but the Ravens don’t get wrapped up in hype.  In many instances, Ozzie Newsome is there waiting to swoop down on a highly rated player left on the draft board which falls to them.  As mentioned to me recently, “The Ravens really just clean up on the guy that slides furthest to them.

  • Talent Evaluation/Scouting: 

The Ravens continue to find excellent value for players in the mid- later rounds. Pernell McPhee (2011 -5th rd.), Arthur Jones (2010-5th rd.), Lardarius Webb (2009-3rd rd.), just to name a few of the recent…the list goes on. Phenomenal scouting and research on prospects is key. While the Combine and Pro Days are important, it just seems like the Ozzie Newsome and Co. put more merit into scouting evaluation and game film–the ‘tape’ is the great equalizer.  Remember Terrell Suggs pre-draft? His 40 time was slow and many teams passed on him.

James Walker, ESPN, put it well,  “The Ravens rely heavily on their regional scouts to provide the initial groundwork, while the front office digs deeper to determine which prospects fit the system. The Ravens have an established identity, and they evaluate toughness and football character better than most teams. Baltimore also thrives on finding value picks in the draft, particularly in the middle rounds, which is hard to do.” 

Not a Science, But A Darn Good One

Is the Ravens draft formula a science? No. They have had their share of players selected that underachieved.  Yet, their formula is a darn good practice and has paid off more times than not.

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2 Responses to “Ravens Draft Formula”

  1. Baltimore Ravens Tickets says:

    I like what this article says that the Ravens continue to find excellent value for players. Well, they need to that is their job in order to retain the best players that they have. But, you know not all team do value this. So, good for the Ravens.

  2. […] is what the Ravens do so well. Lardarius Webb is a reminder of how it all comes together when the right draft formula is in […]

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